Realistic Flame

Written by Robert Mac
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Realistic flames aren't the only difference between modern electric fireplaces and traditional wood-burning ones. In fact, you probably can't even tell the difference between them and the real thing. The realistic flames and logs in electric appliances fool the eye so well that you'll have to take a whiff to convince yourself--if you smell smoke, you'll know there's fire--and all those associated hazards.

If you smell the smoke of an actual fire burning an actual log, you know you've got yourself a real fireplace--but is that what you want? The real fire spits out embers and is a potential hazard from the second it burns. Real wood turns into real ashes and that's a real mess. Plus, real fires need real chimneys to get rid of the real smoke and dangerous fumes.

Realistic Flames Really Work

Electric fireplaces use realistic flames and logs to convey the psychological aspects of a burning fire, but none of the physical ones. By projecting random reflected light, these fireplaces create the illusion--and heat, if you want it--of a real fire, but none of the drawbacks. No soot, no ash, no fumes. It's taking the best of Mother Nature and harnessing it with modern technology.

And because these "fires" are electric, they are completely under your control--like a light on a dimmer switch. If you want more heat, turn it up. It's that simple. The Dimplex Corporation has 19 patents on these lifelike flames, and were the first company to create an artificial flame that looks like the real deal; they've mastered the look and feel of fire, and are continually improving on it.

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